November 28th, 2007

Chris Keeley

The Mutter also has a historic archive of medical photographs, most of which have never been shown p

The Mutter also has a historic archive of medical photographs, most of which have never been shown publicly

 

























Always my first stop in Philadelphia, the Mutter Museum is the Victorian-era medical museum holding thousands of unforgettable (and often unsettling) objects, including anatomical and pathological specimens, models and instruments. While the Mutter demonstrates what 19th-century physicians did NOT know about disease, it also challenges our supposed sophistication about science and medicine and leads us to think about the infinite distance that separates us from the insides of our bodies.

The Mutter also has a historic archive of medical photographs, most of which have never been shown publicly. Now my friends at Blast Books have published a book of 200 images originally taken to illustrate medical and pathological conditions. Combining science and artistry, this is evidence you can't tear your eyes away from. As editor Laura Lindgren says, "Many of these photographs document unusual, sometimes nearly unimaginable, challenges of disorder, disease, and injury. A great many of these photographs are disquieting, yet they are equally moving in their portrayal of how these people endured their fate. A few photographs demonstrate the limited relief that medical science at the time was able to offer and thus show how very far medicine has advanced."

You may find this book disturbing, but you'll never think of your body the same way after looking at these amazing photos. 


Master archivist Rick Prelinger sez, I've only visited the Mutter once, but it left an indelible mark on my psyche. As Rick says, I've never thought of my body the same way. Master archivist Rick Prelinger sez,  I have a copy of gorgeous hardcover collection of the exhibits and it remains one of the most inspiring and haunting books on my shelf. Link

Chris Keeley

Israelis, Palestinians Open U.S.-Backed Conference With Vague Statement on Timeline, Goals

Israelis, Palestinians Open U.S.-Backed Conference With Vague Statement on Timeline, Goals

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/11/28/159212

Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to launch immediately peace negotiations with the goal of reaching a full treaty by the end of 2008. But Israel has already said it will delay talks on core issues, including the status of Jerusalem, the borders of a Palestinian state, the future of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the fate of Palestinian refugees. We speak with Palestinian lawmaker and physician Mustafa Barghouti and former Israeli peace negotiator Daniel Levy. [includes rush transcript - partial]

 


In Annapolis, Maryland on Tuesday, Israel and the Palestinian Authority announced they have agreed to launch immediately peace negotiations with the goal of reaching a full treaty by the end of 2008. President Bush opened the Annapolis conference by reading aloud a joint statement agreed upon by the two sides just minutes before.

 

  • President Bush.
Bush went on to say Israel and the Palestinians would try to reach an agreement on a treaty and Palestinian statehood by the end of next year, when Bush is due to leave office. The first negotiations would start on December 12th, with meetings to be held every two weeks after that. The announcement was made before high-level diplomats from nearly 50 countries and international bodies. They included top envoys from more than a dozen Arab states, including Syria and Saudi Arabia. In his speech, President Bush said reaching a full peace deal by the end of 2008 was possible.

 

  • President Bush.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the talks must include the status of Jerusalem as a Palestinian capital and the future of refugees.

 

  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told conference attendees that the negotiations inaugurated at Annapolis would address issues that previous talks had avoided.

 

  • Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
While the Bush administration has sought to portray the Annapolis conference as a milestone, skepticism of the outcome is high. Major differences remain between the Israelis and Palestinians over core issues like the status of Jerusalem, the borders of a Palestinian state, the future of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the fate of Palestinian refugees. Meanwhile, Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, was not invited to the conference. The group denounced the talks as tens of thousands of supporters rallied in Gaza City in protest. In the West Bank, Palestinian security forces broke up several protests against the Annapolis gathering. One man was killed in Hebron, and at least 35 people were wounded. And in Jerusalem, Israelis gathered at the Western Wall to protest against the conference.

For more on the Annapolis conference, we are joined by two guests.

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Chris Keeley

Suit: Blackwater Guards Defied Orders

Suit: Blackwater Guards Defied Orders
The private military contractor Blackwater Worldwide has been hit with a new lawsuit over the September killings of seventeen Iraqis in Baghdad. Filed this week in U.S. District Court, the suit accuses Blackwater guards of ignoring orders and company officials of failing to administer drug tests. According to the Center for Constitutional Rights, new evidence shows Blackwater guards had already dropped off the U.S. official they were guarding when they opened fire. The suit says the guards defied orders to remain with the official and instead headed to Nisoor square where the shooting later took place. The plaintiffs also accuses Blackwater of routinely sending guards on missions despite knowing at least one-quarter have used steroids or other “judgment-altering substances.” 

Hamas Leads Rally Against Annapolis Meeting
The ousted Hamas-led government has been excluded from the meetings. As the talks began, more than one-hundred thousand people rallied in Gaza in a show of opposition. In a televised speech, dismissed Palestinian Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh said Hamas would not accept a deal abandoning Palestinian rights.

    Ismael Haniyeh: "Any concessions to be made by the Palestinian negotiating team that harms the constant rights of our people will not be binding to our people and the coming generations will bear no responsibility or obligation towards these concessions that will cut out way to national freedom.”
Chris Keeley

Jump on the Peace Train

WASHINGTON

Condi doesn’t want to be Iraq.

She wants to be a Palestinian state. It has a far more hopeful ring to it, legacy-wise.

The Most Powerful Woman in the History of the World, as President Bush calls her, is a very orderly person.

Like her boss, she loves schedules and routines and hates disruptions. As a child, she was elected “president” of her family, a position that allowed her to dictate the organizational details of family trips, according to “Condoleezza Rice: An American Life,” a new biography by The Times’s Elisabeth Bumiller.

As an adult, Condi was worried about taking the job of top diplomat because it would mean traveling and being away from her things and habits.

So it is telling that in Annapolis she is running such a seat-of-the-pants operation, which seems designed to rescue the images of a secretary of state and president who have spent more time working out in the gym than working on the peace process.

W. couldn’t be bothered to stay in Annapolis

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Chris Keeley

The End of America”: Feminist Social Critic Naomi Wolf Warns U.S. in Slow Descent into Fascism

The End of America”: Feminist Social Critic Naomi Wolf Warns U.S. in Slow Descent into Fascism

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/11/28/159221

In her new book, “The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot”, Naomi Wolf says the United States is on the road to becoming a fascist society, right under our very noses. Wolf outlines what she sees as the ten steps to shut down a democratic society and argues that the Bush administration has already implemented many of these steps. Wolf is the author of several books including the 1990s feminist classic, “The Beauty Myth.”

 

The United States is on the road to becoming a fascist society, right under our very noses. That’s the premise of a new book by feminist social critic Naomi Wolf. It’s called "The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot" and is already on the New York Times bestseller list.

Naomi Wolf outlines what she sees as the ten steps to shut down a democratic society and argues that the Bush administration has already implemented many of these steps. Wolf is the author of several books including the 1990s feminist classic, "The Beauty Myth.”

Critics describe her latest book, “The End of America,” as a wake-up call to Americans to heed the lessons of history and fight to save their democracy before its too late. Naomi Wolf joins me now in the firehouse studio.

 

  • Naomi Wolf. Social critic, feminist, and author of "The Beauty Myth.” Her latest book is called “The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot
Chris Keeley

Our friend RU Sirius has published two intriguing calls to action on his blog, 10 Zen Monkeys:

Our friend RU Sirius has published two intriguing calls to action on his blog, 10 Zen Monkeys: 

http://www.10zenmonkeys.com/2007/11/26/the-open-source-party-proposal/

The QuestionAuthority Proposal

It's time for all those who oppose authoritarian governance and culture to put aside their differences and join together in a coalition that can act as a counterforce to this gathering threat to our liberties. Link

The Open Source Party Proposal

A call for dynamic discourse about the things that really need to change, and how to evolve a new political organization that could kick up some noise by the time the next political season (2010) rolls around. Link

Mondo Baby 

http://www.10zenmonkeys.com/2007/11/26/the-open-source-party-proposal/

Chris Keeley

another celeb and NA

Fergie Beat Drug Addiction

November 17th, 2007

Before joining the Black-Eyed Peas in 2002, Fergie was addicted to crystal meth and nearing rock bottom.  In an interview with Allure Magazine that will appear in the December issue, Fergie describes how she had drug-induced paranoid schizophrenia.  Luckily, she went through therapy, joined Narcotics Anonymous and kicked her addiction. 

In her interview with Allure, Fergie also talks about boyfriend Josh Duhamel, excercising and her acting aspirations.  Sounds like life is good for Fergie after leaving drugs behind.


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Chris Keeley

We had champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, whipped cream. It was very romantic."

attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and got a grip.

[ Go Behind the Scenes of Allure's Fergie Photo Shoot ]

Joining the Black Eyed Peas in 2002 was healing. The combination of founder will.i.am's infectious music and Fergie's killer performance as the lead singer catapulted the quirky hip-hop group to mainstream superstardom.

Performing and dancing is only part of Fergie's fitness routine. She does some form of exercise daily -- walking on a steep upgrade, sit-ups, push-ups, stomach crunches; she's thinking of taking a course in pole dancing, which is "a really good workout" she says.

Although she admits she loves to flirt, Fergie loves being monogamous with boyfriend Josh Duhamel. Last Valentine's Day while on tour, Duhamel flew out to see her. "While we were at dinner, he had the room lit with candles, and rose petals all over the bed," she recalls. "We had champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, whipped cream. It was very romantic."

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Marriage, children? She thinks so. But right now, there is the prospect of more endorsements, more movies -- she had a small role in the "Planet Terror" part of the "Grindhouse" double feature, and is keen on expanding into romantic comedies.

To read Fergie's complete interview, pick up the December issue of Allure, available on newsstands November 27.